October 14, 1983 (32nd Parliament, 1st Session)


John Leslie Evans (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)


Mr. Evans:


Report of Special Committee
mously in the House on, I think, one day's debate, a provision was established for independent references by committees. In other words, committees could begin to act independently and take up references from matters arising out of the Estimates as they saw fit. They were not hampered in their investigations because the time for Estimates came to an end. But one of the things pointed out to us in that debate by Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition House Leader, the Hon. Member for Yukon (Mr. Nielsen), was that there was no provision in that report for the calling of committees. That was recognized by the committee as something we overlooked in the third report. So one of the first things we undertook to do as a committee was to bring forward a proposal, contained in the fifth report, which would remedy that situation.
We considered a number of the matters which took place in the debate on November 29-Mr. Speaker, I am having very great difficulty. The Hon. Member for Ottawa Centre (Mr. Evans) is talking from his seat as usual and I am having very great difficulty-

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